Take a coffee (or tea) break…
February 3, 2017

One of the things I miss doing is going out with my friends after bowling to have coffee. We used to do this every bowling day and that’s about three times a week. Right after coffee, we would spend some time at the mall window shopping. There was even a time that we went looking for a musical instrument as a gift for another friend and went from mall to mall only to find out later that we can only find top native instruments at musiciansfriends. I still bowl though, but just once a week and we don’t go out for coffee anymore.

December 9, 2016

Many people have difficulty figuring out what to buy for others. While some folks seem to be expert gift-givers, many people are often at a loss for selecting something that they think another person might like or be able to use. As a result, it becomes easy to be lazy and choose items that nobody really wants and ends up regifting to other people.

In many cases, this difficulty can be addressed by shopping at a store that specializes in a particular product niche. For example, some shops specialize in accessories and glassware for wine lovers.

Why Buying Wine isn’t Always a Great Gift Idea

Surprisingly, bottles or cases of wine are not always the best gifts for wine lovers. The reason is that people’s tastes can be very specific. Unless you are very familiar with the types of wines that they like, you may end up getting somebody a wine that they simply are not going to enjoy.

Wine Glasses and Accessories

An alternative to buying wine itself is to purchase wine accessories. The advantage to this is that a corkscrew, set of wine glasses, or a decanter pairs with all kinds of wines. Your gift allows your friend to obtain more enjoyment from their wine while being able to spend their own money on the exact bottle that they’d like to drink.

Choosing the Gift

When you encounter wine accessory shops like The Wine Kit, you may be a bit overwhelmed particularly if you are not familiar with wine yourself. One thing to consider is your friend’s lifestyle. Is your friend the sort of person who likes camping or going to outdoor music festivals? A portable wine travel kit may be just the thing. Does he or she enjoy entertaining? Consider a serving tray or cheese board.

If your friend is a serious wine fan, you might want to find out a little bit about their preferences. Some stemware companies have designed glasses that enhance the characteristics of wine made from certain grape varietals. Red wine lovers often make use of decanters, while white or rose drinkers may value wine chillers or insulated wine buckets.

Regardless of what you select, a gift that is tailored to the interests of the recipient is always appreciated. Taking the time to seek out something that reflects that individual’s tastes and interests shows that you care about them, and your gift will likely be cherished for a long time to come.

September 26, 2016

Ever since I’ve tried the Tamarind Smoothie for the first time, I’ve been addicted to it. So, I’ve searched the internet for the best Tamarind Smoothie recipes and so far, this is my favorite.


Tamarind Smoothie


  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 scoops frozen vanilla yogurt or vanilla ice cream
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place all ingredients into the canister of a blender or smoothie machine and blend until combined and thick. Serve with a straw.

September 26, 2016


Now that things are better for me and my family financially, I’m excited about the coming holidays. As early as now, I am starting to shop for gifts. Yes, you might say that I’m over reacting, but I really just want to share the blessings that my family is receiving and I also don’t have plans of joining the holiday rush. Earlier this week, I’ve already bought some clothes for my daughter and nieces, guitar hangers for my nephew’s guitar collection and a few toys for the little ones. My list is still long, but I’m confident that I’ll finish everything before Halloween.

September 12, 2016

After leaving the musicians friend store to get new guitar strings for my son, my husband and I decided to have lunch at Abe’s. It’s a Filipino restaurant serving authentic Capampangan food. Pampanga is a province in the north and it’s just a two hour drive from Manila. If you ever visit the Philippines, I strongly recommend that you try the dishes from Pampanga.

It’s my first time to try the restaurant and I love it there. The food is great and the place is really nice. Here are some of the foods we had.


Laing with tinapa


Squid Tactics


Tamarind Smoothie

April 8, 2016


Humans and many domesticated animals often experience stiff and sore joints as they begin to age. This is because the synovial fluid within the joint capsule deteriorates with time, so the bone ends of the joint no longer glide smoothly. The joint cartilage that once enabled the bone structure within the joint to operate with ease can be damaged by the calcification that occurs due to an injury or overuse. Sports injuries or repetitive motions are the sources of most arthritis, and the condition can affect humans and animals alike.

Within the past few decades, research has shown that the discomfort of this condition can be relieved through supplementation, and the progression of arthritis may be slowed or even stopped. CMO supplement provides cetylmyristoleate in a strength that has been shown to be effective over time. The recommended course of treatment for patients taking a Myristin/Myrist-Aid combination consists of eight capsules per day over the course of two months. A maintenance dose of one Myristin softgel per day is recommended after the initial two-month treatment.

While no supplement is likely to provide 100 percent relief from arthritis, cetylmyristoleate makes it easier for sufferers to perform their daily activities with only minor discomfort. Research has shown that the supplement may also help to relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia that are related to painful or stiff joints and muscles. The compound is also available in a cream that can be applied to specific areas of discomfort in addition to taking the oral form of the supplement.

Humans are not the only mammals that are affected by arthritic joints; many domestic pets that include dogs and cats also experience stiff joints as they age. Horses are even more likely to become arthritic since they experience a high level of physical stress as a performance animal. Whether a horse is used in equine sports such as show jumping, racing or rodeo, an incredible amount of physical stress is placed on their legs. Most horses begin to show signs of arthritic joints by their fifteenth year and up.

Many people choose to treat their arthritis symptoms with over-the-counter medications, but there can be negative side effects when these products are used long-term. Some people with sensitive stomachs find taking cetylmyristoleate may cause some problems, but capsules with a cornstarch base help them to tolerate the supplement better.


March 22, 2016

Did you know that sipping drinks spiked with grapefruit juice can cut the sugar-sapping blood sugar swings by up to 64 percent? That’s because the fruit is packed with hesperidin that improves the cell’s sensitivity to the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin. It also has a phytonutrient (d-limonene) that activates key detoxification enzymes in the liver. Experts found this effect can boost the organ’s ability to flush toxins and burn fat by up to 30 percent. Here’s a yummy way to enjoy grapefruit.

mint crush

Virgin Mint Crush


  • 2 lime wedges
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup white grape juice
  • 1/4 cup ginger ale


  1. In glass, muddle lime and mint. Add next 4 ingredients and enough ice to fill glass.

March 22, 2016

Anyone who’s familiar with the Spitfire Audio knows that it is “Everything you need to make epic modern music in ONE box.” is promising a lot. The Albion ONE which is their latest series sounds amazing. Aside from this, you have full control over the sound and makes it so much more real than the best convolution reverb could. I am not an expert, but you could almost feel as if you are listening to the orchestra live. If you are looking to enhance your music and create the most amazing sound, this is highly recommended.

March 2, 2016

When it comes to your health, you are used to the traditional approach. You come down with symptoms, you visit your doctor, and you’re sent on your way with a prescription. Sometimes the medication works. At other times, you may feel like the prescribed medicine failed or only made you feel worse. You might feel like there is something lacking in your life. Traditional medicine is only looking at the physical factors involved in your health. Holistic medicine offers you another approach, looking at the big picture when it comes to your well-being.

acupuncture 3

Enjoy Medical Treatment that Focuses on the Whole Person
Holistic medicine varies from traditional medicine in that it revolves around physical, the spiritual, and mental health. If there is a lack of balance in any area of your life or you are struggling with some type of problem, it will affect everything else like one domino knocking all the rest down. A holistic md los angeles will take the time to have an in-depth consultation with you, looking beyond the physical evaluation to take into account your emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being. Once the root of the problem has been identified, you will be offered a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your needs, rather than the one-size-fits-all approach that comes with a bottle of pills.

Finding Different Paths to Wellness
As your holistic doctor identifies the problems that you are experiencing, the main goal is to seek answers. A combination approach, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, is often used to address your health concerns. Herbal medicine can give your body the nutrients it needs to restore your health. At the same time, it can enhance your well-being, whether you need a calming effect or an increased level of energy. A boost to your immune system could be the solution that you need. In addition to the right blend of herbs, acupuncture can provide you with a host of benefits, including pain relief from various conditions that could affect you.

Explore Your Options
The most important thing you can do when considering your health is to have an open mind. Be prepared to explore different avenues of treatment to find out what works best for you. Dr. Bryan MD is certified in holistic medicine and can explain more about the advantages of holistic medicine in your life.

February 9, 2016


These days it seems work is consuming more and more time up in our lives. Whether it’s responding to colleague’s emails at home or even having to work late in the office, our careers always seem to consume more hours than we’re being paid for. That’s why it’s so important that when you do get a break, you take full advantage of it. Here are 5 sites we think you should visit on your coffee break to make full advantage of your time off.

  1. Daily Mail Showbiz

If you’re someone who loves to know what the celebrities are doing at all times, then the Daily Mail showbiz section is a good place for you to spend your coffee break. Whether you’re interested in what Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is up to or would rather keep up with the Kardashians, then this site is world famous for having the latest pictures and news from the world of showbiz.

  1. Betway

If you’d rather learn about the world of sport than the world of entertainment during your break, then Betway is a great place to find out about upcoming matches from around the world. Whether you’re into football, cricket or even competitive gaming, the online bet website’s insider blog has all the latest predictions and opinions on the world’s biggest sporting events. Whilst you’re there, you could even put an online bet on whatever sport you’re into. So once you’ve brushed up on the latest sporting news to place an online bet, click here. You never know, your online bet could even end up paying for tomorrow’s coffee.

  1. ASOS

Once you’ve placed your online bet, it’s time to think what you might want to spend the winnings on. Even if it’s just window shopping, a bit of retail therapy can take your mind off the stress of work for a few minutes. So if you don’t have enough time to make it out to the high street, why not bring the high street to your desk and browse the hundreds of new and stylish added to the website every week.

  1. BBC IPlayer

If you regularly have to work late, you might end up missing some of your favourite shows. If you don’t want to know what happens in your favourite episode of the Great British Bake Off or Strictly Come Dancing, it can even force you to avoid conversations with your colleagues to try and stop them from spoiling the result. Luckily you can now catch up on your favourite shows from the comfort of your desk for 30 days from the BBC IPlayer app. Whether you want to watch the latest soap or check out whether your team has won you your online bet, almost all of the BBC’s programmes are now online.

  1. Sky News

If you’re someone who doesn’t have time to read the newspaper in the morning but still wants to keep up with the latest news, then the Sky News website is the place for you. The website has all of the latest news reports in video form that can really help you visualize and explain what’s happening in great detail. You can even stream the channel live from the website when a big news story is breaking for all of the latest news as it happens.

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